He sounds a bit like me V’, I retired at 50, with 100/wk, since lived in Portugal, The Caribb, Ireland and here, you do it and you manage, as I said, now my main concern would be health cover.
I’m in the department next to you, the Tarn.
Actually, Aude is a fairly prosperous part of France. You made a lovely choice.
Depends on the paint perhaps. Spent a small country’s budget in the U.K. on “breathable” no chemicals paint to freshen up our little village house before we make the final move into it with furniture . Lugged it all the way down South to spend 2 weeks decorating. All crépi ‘d out after 10 days we admitted defeat and headed for a day out. A craft afternoon making a découpage .
We are about 25 mins drive from Quillan! Amazing Brocante and market at nearby Espéraza.
I agree with a lot of what you say. Economics immigration constraints and language play a part in where people choose to live, if elsewhere from their country of origin. From a purely personal standpoint we looked first at places we could buy a property in with our limited budget. Those which we’d be able to speak English (or at least be hopefully understood) also made the list. This took us to Scotland, Borders & NE England . We decided too cold, too bleak in winter and as far from our family as going “abroad” & whilst cheaper than the area we are in , houses still stretched the budget if we were to find somewhere we liked that wasn’t on a large estate or miles from anywhere . The USA , which we’ve travelled widely in and love is economically beyond our reach and we’d not be allowed to stay for longer than 6 months , ditto Canada. India , also a country we love has similar restrictions on settling permanently and “foreigners” are not allowed to own property . Crete has always been a draw for us too but there’s no way we’d ever learn Greek & swapping one island for another might bring its own challenges . So, with a workable amount of French (albeit learned 45 years ago - my French mistress must’ve got something right) we decided France it would be. The Aude had surprisingly affordable houses so here we are.
Thank you Mandy.
Really do not like football but I am proud of France